South Lake Tahoe City Council Postpones all Special Events Until the Fall

South Lake Tahoe, CA- City Council decided today to postpone all special events until at least September
22nd. Council made that decision as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Safety is our number one priority and we know we can’t have large gatherings of people right now,” said City Manager Joe Irvin, “Council’s decision shows that the City of South Lake Tahoe is taking the health of our residents and visitors seriously.”

The City typically holds a number of events during the course of the year including the Bijou Bash and the 4th
of July Parade. City Council had initially decided to postpone events until their July 14th meeting, but after the
Governor’s announcement yesterday made the decision to continue that postponement until at least Mid-September.
“It’s important we support the people of South Lake Tahoe, and also our own economy,” said Irvin, “The number
one way we can do that is to ensure safety is a top priority and we are taking the right steps to make that

On June 5, 2020 Governor Newsome released guidelines for stage two and some stage three activities to begin
no sooner than June 12, 2020. Since the re-opening of stage two and three activities there has been a
spike in the number of positive cases throughout the State.

Large public gatherings like concerts and festivals are not included in the allowable activities for stage two and
three. Stage four allows for large public gatherings like concerts and festivals. Stage four conditions include the
presence of therapeutics such as a vaccine and anti-body testing to prevent spikes in disease transmission.
While health experts are working to fast track a vaccine there is no reliable timeline. Without some level of certainty

for providing the necessary conditions to meet stage four parameters it is difficult to plan for special
events that would attract large groups of people.